Fine Arts Work Center

24 Pearl Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

Date Posted:
March 25, 2021




Summer Program Manager

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, one of the nation’s leaders in residency programs for emerging artists and writers, seeks a full-time program manager for its Summer Program of workshops and residencies in creative writing and visual arts.This position manages the Summer Workshops, Summer Project Residencies and Returning Residencies of the Fine Arts Work Center. The Summer Program Manager is supported by the Summer Program Assistant who executes tasks related to the Summer Projects Residency, Returning Residency, and Summer Workshops. This position reports to and works in collaboration with the Education Director. The Summer ProgramManager responsibilities relate to program operations and development, budget, marketing, and technology. She and the program assistant are the primary contacts for both students and faculty, with the exception of faculty booking and scheduling.
Full job description is available:
  • Candidate must have an undergraduate or advanced degree in creative arts or arts administration
  • Two years of previous experience managing and developing nonprofit education programs
  • Familiarity with creative writing and visual arts professions
  • Have a demonstrated history of excellent communications, organizational, and computer skills
  • Proficiency with Macintosh computer and applications (Word and Excel preferred, InDesign and Photoshop desired)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Adeptness with technology and the ability to guide others on technology (we are launching a custom online learning platform based in WordPress)
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across departments
  • An understanding of and enthusiasm for in-person and online learning.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • An outgoing personality, patience and sense of humor
How To Apply:
Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Kelle Groom, Education Director online. Applications accepted until position filled. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Apply by:
April 19, 2021
$45,000 - $50,000
About this Organization:

The Fine Arts Work Center was founded in 1968 by a group of public-spirited artists, writers and patrons, including Stanley Kunitz, Robert Motherwell, Myron Stout, Jack Tworkov and Hudson D. Walker, among others. They envisioned a place in Provincetown, the country’s most enduring art community, where artists and writers could live and work together in the early phase of their careers amid the unique natural beauty of the Outer Cape.

Since its beginning the Work Center has awarded 1,000 Fellowships and has become one of the premier residencies of its kind. The Fellowship Program runs annually for seven months off-season (October 1-April 30). The Fellowships provide housing, work space, stipends and each other to 20 Fellows selected annually from an applicant pool of some 1,600 emerging artists and writers from the United States and abroad. Work Center Fellows have gone on to number among the most accomplished artists and writers working today, winning MacArthurs, Guggenheims, Whitings, Pollock-Krasners, Tiffanys, Tufts, Prix de Romes, National Book Awards, and eight Pulitzer Prizes.

The extraordinary success of Fellows’ work during the last 50 years is testament to our founders’ vision – that time, space, freedom, and talented peers and mentors are the ideal catalysts for creative growth.

In addition to its flagship Fellowship Program, the Work Center offers open-enrollment workshops in writing and visual arts. Building on a tradition of creative excellence, the Summer Program offers workshops taught by faculty who are among the most respected in their fields and over its history has drawn some 5,000 students. 24PearlStreet connects the Work Center with a global literary community by offering engaging online writing workshops led by nationally recognized poets and writers.

In collaboration with other arts organizations around the country and abroad, the Fine Arts Work Center also hosts one- to three-month Collaborative Residencies for mid-career artists and writers. The Work Center’s Returning Residency Program encourages former Fellows, Collaborative Residents and workshop participants to return to Provincetown during the Work Center’s spring and fall shoulder seasons.

Central to our mission is a continuing contribution to the vitality of arts in Provincetown. The Work Center offers workshops to public school children and seniors taught by Fellows-in residence. Our programming also offers 100 public events, bringing 10,000 annual visitors to Provincetown for readings, artist talks, and exhibitions by nationally recognized artists and writers.

In all of this, the Work Center’s focus is giving creative people the opportunity to work and study in a community of their peers. Hundreds of emerging artists and writers come to the Work Center each year to do this. The Work Center plays a significant, transformative role in their lives as artists and writers.

The Work Center operates with a staff of 13 full- and part-time employees, several seasonal employees and interns, numerous volunteers, and consultants in marketing, tech support, and bookkeeping. Each year over 125 faculty members, all working artists and writers, teach the summer and online workshops. The FAWC Board of Trustees has 45 members, and includes artists, writers, business and community leaders, patrons, collectors, and supporters.

The Program Committees and juries for the Fellowships are comprised of internationally recognized artists and writers. Fellows are accepted entirely on the basis of the excellence of their work. Past jurors include Louise Bourgeois and Martin Puryear for the visual arts and Grace Paley and Mary Oliver for writing.

The Work Center is located in Provincetown, the nation’s oldest art colony. Provincetown offers an environment renowned for its beauty and artistic heritage. Surrounded by dunes and beaches, it provides the idyllic setting for artistic inspiration, creativity and learning. With its unique natural environment and exciting cultural opportunities, Provincetown has inspired artists for generations.

The Work Center is situated on Pearl Street near the commercial center of town on the site of the historic Days Lumberyard, where studios have been offered since 1914 to the likes of Charles Hawthorne, Edwin Dickinson, Ross Moffett, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler, among many others. The location of the Fine Arts Work Center on this historic compound provides a communal experience among the Fellows and other residents that is a hallmark of its programs.

Work Center facilities include 30 apartments, 13 large working studios/classrooms, a state-ofthe- art print shop, a woodworking shop, a digital media lab, a Fellows lounge, a computer lab, a large common room, an art gallery and administrative and program offices.

FAWC is an equal opportunity employer and provider.